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body plan

noun
1.
Biology. the basic shape of members of an animal phylum; the general structure each individual organism assumes as it develops.
2.
Naval Architecture. a diagrammatic elevation of a hull, consisting of an end view of the bow on one side of the center line and an end view of the stern on the other side, marked with water lines, diagonals, bow or buttock lines, stations, and sometimes details of the hull.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50
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  • At each one of these stages you improve the thing, still staying with the basic body plan.
  • However much evolution they've undergone, it hasn't been enough to change their basic body plan.
  • But their fundamental body plan is similar: they have the same head-to-tail organization.
  • They are the sheer plan, the half-breadth plan, and the body plan.

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